Here’s some audio:
And here are some updates I typed while Lynch was talking:
Bill’s here. He’s running through the awards for the week. He goes too quickly for me to type, but Ray Fisher was a One-Play Warrior.
Lynch sees a great opportunity ahead.
“Our guys are here obviously because they love Indiana football,” he says, “but they also want to play Big Ten football and big-time games.”
Lynch says it’s a typical Iowa team. Well coached in all facets. Does the right thing when the moment calls for it.
“We know what we’re getting into,” he says.
Lynch says Indiana’s defensive staff did a good job of adjusting to Northwestern’s passing attack in the second half. They made adjustments in several coverages that led to the interceptions, he says.
The blocked punt was the killer, he said. And Northwestern was able to put together two long drives to win it.
“I thought the defense played better in the second half,” he says. “We didn’t make the plays there in the fourth quarter.”
Lynch says he has final say on all offensive plays. And he didn’t second-guess a single call on Saturday. His staff does a tremendous job in his estimation, and works hard (as do all coaches across the country.)
“Do I second-guess anything in that game?” he says. “No. It was a tough loss.”
On the 4th-and-1 that became Mitchell Evans’ ill-fated scramble, there were several options. Indiana had already scored from near the goal line using a QB sneak and a Darius Willis rush. So the call was made to use the Wildcat there, says Lynch.
Lynch said his team did not get soft in the second half against Northwestern. It did not get too conservative. It is not plagued by an inability to hold leads. The effort, he says, was there.
According to Lynch, the Northwestern game wasn’t as devastating as the Virginia loss. In that game, the Hoosiers never showed what they were capable of. That wasn’t the case against the Wildcats. Indiana simply lost a tough football game. To Lynch, blowing the big lead was not all that significant since it came so early in the game. By half time, it was 28-17 and was clearly going to be a close football game in the second half.
The timing on the blocked punt, Lynch said, was “perfect.”
“We didn’t block it,” he said.
Iowa leads the country in interceptions. Lynch attributes this to solid defense. The Hawkeyes play a strong zone and generally have defensive lines that can generate pressure.
Freshman kicker Mitch Ewald will redshirt, barring anything crazy. Nick Ford is now the backup. Ewald was hindered by injury early in the season and could never really get into the competition. Edward Wright-Baker is the only freshman who could still lose his redshirt, Lynch says.
Lynch won’t tweak the defense much, he says, despite giving up 29 first downs to Northwestern. The Wildcats were among the leaders in first downs coming in, and Indiana did make stops. Lynch was pleased with his defense in the first and third quarters.